Newsletter May 2020

With us not meeting together, it’s hard to keep track of what’s going on at First Baptist.  I wanted to take some time and share with you a few things that are going on.


1) People are serving.  We may not be gathering together, but work is still being done.  Becky and Tom Miller have done an amazing job leading worship.  Mike Ferguson and his family have installed new interior signage to make the church more guest friendly.  The trustees have facilitated the installation of new doors on our main entrance.  Melissa Chapman and Darcy Newnum have organized children’s Sunday School material for families (found at  Several of our students have helped with outside yardwork for members.  And I’ve heard several stories of members contacting members to meet needs.  I love my church family!

2) Our digital services are reaching people.  In addition to our many members, our services have been viewed by many other people as well.  Some of our viewers attend churches who are unable to stream.  Some of our viewers have not been able to attend services, but are watching now.  And my favorite—some of our viewers are lost people who have been invited to watch by you!  Let’s continue to make corporate worship a priority.

3) Our digital worship service is top notch.  This involves service, but deserves mention on it’s own Jared Newnum has edited our livestream every week we’ve been apart, and it is beyond amazing.  I’m sure you’ve been focused on the worship, but take a few minutes to appreciate how blessed we are to have a engaging product to watch every Sunday.

4) Families are growing.  One of the biggest blessing to come out of this pandemic will be strengthened families.  More time together can get stressful, but God can use it build stronger bonds within your family.  Most importantly, families are sitting together and worshiping.  Seeing your #fbcrlive pictures brings joy to my face every single week.

5) Our deacons are loving.  The deacons and I have been every Sunday afternoon that we’ve been apart via Zoom.  Each one of these godly men have been using their gifts to service.  Their commitment to families within the church shows why God has called them to be deacons.  And their wisdom in decision making through a difficult time in our church has been invaluable to me.

6) God is providing.  God, showing His infinite grace, allowed us to enter this pandemic with a healthy financial situation.  Our March giving was almost enough to cover 100% of our budgeted needs, despite missing two Sundays.  April was much lower, but we are meeting our budget.  God is good!  The future of the economy is uncertain, but we continue to trust that God is using His people to provide!

7) We don’t know when we’ll meet together again.  The stay-at-home order has been extended through the end of May.  While there are still some provisions for certain businesses opening, large gatherings like church meetings are still discouraged.  When we do meet together again, there may be some changes in our service to make sure that we are continuing to be safe.


While the rest of the world is slowing down, God is moving!  The best way to keep in contact with what is going on at First Baptist is by signing up for our text announcements.  You can text “@fbcrob” to 81010 to sign up.



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